It has been four years since Village Christian School introduced its innovative
Harvard College-system based concentration program.
On May 7, 2015, the first class to complete the full program showed how
this distinctive initiative has benefited VCS students when six concentration-based
senior projects were presented to faculty and staff with a $2,000 scholarship
on the line.
Each presenter already earned a $500 scholarship for being named their
concentration’s top project. A total of 28 projects were completed.
Seniors begin working on their respective projects at the end of their
junior year and must complete them by early April. The projects stretch
each student and require 20-40 hours for completion, a paper, a project
portfolio, and a presentation to a panel of judges.
This year’s top projects included:
- Set design and construction of the Elementary spring musical Willy Wonka
Jr. (Sierra Cowell; Performing Fine Arts and Media Entertainment);
- Managing the non-profit “The Apple Project” and teaching English
to students in China (Davin Chambers and Ingrid Chan; Ministry and Social Justice);
- An internship with Montrose Travel, research project of Wells Fargo’s
rewards programs (Joseph McClure; Entrepreneurialism and Global Leadership);
- Study of bacteria (microbes) in the air (Christine Ausherman; Health and
- Creative writing project combining psychology and writing (Christina Keheyan;
Visual Fine Arts and Media Entertainment); and
- A jewelry design business (Chad George; Science, Technology, Engineering,
The grand-prize winner will be announced on May 19, 2015, during the High
School senior awards ceremony.
“As I watched our seniors present their projects, I was amazed by
the obstacles they overcame, their deepening understanding of their strengths
and interests, and their sense of purpose as they pursue their college
and career goals,” said Associate Head of School for Academic Life
Ray Endacott. “All the students who completed a senior project have
worked diligently to take ownership of their learning and develop the
attributes for future success. I’m proud of them all.”
[Learn more about VCS Concentrations by clicking here.]
The six concentrations present unique opportunities for students to explore
potential career interests and nurture their talents in a hands-on, in-depth
approach. As freshmen, students declare their concentration (like a college
major) during the special “Ignite” ceremony, when they are
surrounded by their 1:5 Circle of Care mentors, who are committed to fan
each Crusader’s educational interest (spark) into flame.
As students progress through the years, concentration-specific projects,
showcases, lectures from industry leaders, and special educational trips,
provide students with unprecedented experience that can springbroad them
into higher education at top colleges and universities across the nation.
Approximately 97 percent of this year’s seniors have been accepted
to two- and/or four-year schools, including Boston College; Emory University;
Johns Hopkins University; New York University; Pepperdine University;
University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles;
University of Notre Dame; and University of Southern California.
“I am so proud of our seniors who have pursued an area of academic
and career interest in depth and have been able to communicate their experience
in this remarkable way," said Head of School Tom Konjoyan. "I
dare suggest that many college seniors would have a hard time competing
against our seniors and their higher level projects. “